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#15 Vegas Golden Knights vs.
#16 Los Angeles Kings
Monday, April 12, 2021 at 10:05pm EDT
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Written by Valdis Pans

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Currently riding a two-game winning run, the Vegas Golden Knights (2nd in West Division) will play the second contest of a back-to-back set while visiting the Los Angeles Kings (7th in the West), who have won two of their previous three outings.

Knights Sweep Arizona Double

The Vegas Golden Knights (27-11-2) won for the second straight time, thus going 3-1-0 in their last four outings, after sweeping a two-game set against the Arizona Coyotes following a 1-0 victory at T-Mobile Arena last night. Playing just two days after thrashing the ‘Yotes 7-4 in the same venue, the Knights failed to convert on two power-play opportunities, but outshot the visitors 29-14 and killed their only penalty, eventually scoring just one marker throughout the whole game for the third time in their last five fixtures. Tomas Nosek (7 goals, 14 points this year) banked the winner midway through the third period.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (18-10-0 this season with a 2.09 GAA and a .925 save percentage) stopped 14 shots yesterday for his fifth shutout of the season and 66th of his career, tying Patrick Roy for 15th place in NHL history. His 484th win tied Ed Belfour for 4th position on the all-time list. Robin Lehner (8-1-2 on the year with a 2.33 GAA and a .912 save percentage), though, is expected to patrol the crease for Vegas tonight, having registered a 7-5-0 past total against the Los Angeles Kings with a 2.44 GAA and a .926 save percentage. The Golden Knights are 8th in most goals scored per game in 2020-21 (3.20), top of the league in least goals given up on average (2.25), 25th in power play (17.2%) and 3rd best in penalty kill (84.6%).

Kings Overcome San Jose

The Los Angeles Kings (16-18-6) won for the second time in their past three contests (2-1-0) after banking a 4-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday. Playing just 24 hours after dropping a 5-2 decision in the same building, the Kings were outshot just by two attempts (28-26), blocked 21 shots, went 1-for-5 with the man-advantage and killed four of their five penalties, eventually scoring three consecutive snipes in the middle frame to grab a 4-1 lead ahead of the second intermission. Jeff Carter (8 goals, 19 points this year), Andreas Athanasiou (9 goals, 17 points), Alex Iafallo (11 goals, 25 points) and Dustin Brown (16 goals, 25 points) all scored for L.A..

Goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 26 shots on Saturday to go 8-8-2 for the current campaign with a 2.93 GAA and a .894 save percentage. He has picked up a 4-6-1 past total versus Vegas with a 3.54 GAA and a .891 save percentage, while Calvin Petersen (7-10-4 on the season with a 2.63 GAA and a .921 save percentage) is 4-1-0 against the Golden Knights previously with a 2.12 GAA and a .943 save percentage. The Kings are 13th in least goals scored per game this year (2.73), 15th in most goals allowed on average (2.90), 14th in power play (21.5%) and 2nd best in penalty kill (84.9%).

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The Golden Knights might be the obvious choice to back here. Especially considering the team’s excellent record when playing the second parts of its back-to-backs (16-5 on the past 21 occasions). Still, do consider going for Los Angeles in this one! The Kings have looked more than decent in their last few outings and have already banked four victories in their previous five domestic contests when being considered home underdogs. They have also beaten Vegas in three of their last five encounters at Staples Center, while the the current up-and-down scoring form of the Knights, with the team from Sin City having netted no more than one goal in three of its most recent five matchups, is definitely something L.A. can take advantage of.

Prediction: Los Angeles Kings (+150)

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Even though eight of the previous 11 head-to-head clashes between Los Angeles and Vegas have produced a ton of strikes, expect this one to cruise right below the six-goal barrier. Three of the last five domestic outings of the Kings have already delivered just a minimal amount of tallies, averaging no more than four strikes per fixture, with 21 of their previous 29 contests following a win all also going under the total. Four of the past six games of the Golden Knights played on the second night of a back-to-back set, meanwhile, have all been low-scoring affairs.

Prediction: Under 5.5
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